Advantages and Disadvantages of Recruitment Agencies

Advantages and Disadvantages of Recruitment Agencies
It can take a lot of time, effort and money to find your perfect candidate.

How to Recruit

Recruitment can be either in-house or through an external recruitment agency. The choice about how you recruit is completely up to you.

With the unemployment rate lower than ever, recruitment is hard. The best candidates are passive job seekers. These candidates don't actively look for jobs. So, posting an open role on job boards is not enough. To attract the best candidates, you need to create a great candidate experience. You’ll need to create a job advert that stands out, promote it on job boards and social media as well as build a career site…

Once you’ve attracted the candidates, you need to convince them to apply.  You then need to spend time filtering the applications to find qualified candidates.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Recruitment Agencies

In-House Recruitment

Recruiting new talent using in-house resources can work very well. But, if you don’t have a dedicated in-house recruiter, other members of the team will need to take on this task. The extra workload may not be suitable for your business.

Even with a dedicated recruitment team, you may struggle to reach the right candidate. Your resources may not be as extensive as a recruitment agency.

Finding a Recruitment Agency

The aim of a recruitment agency is to help an employer find and hire top talent for their company. It’s important you find the right recruitment agency for your business and roles. Many recruitment agencies specialise in a certain industry, so it’s a good idea to see what they offer. Try not to use too many recruitment agencies. One genuine recruitment agency should be enough to hire for a job.

There are advantages and disadvantages of recruitment agencies…

Advantages of Recruitment Agencies

Full Support

A recruitment agency communicates with both employers and job seekers. They find out what job vacancies are available, and who is best to fill them. They provide support to the candidates as well as the clients too.

As a candidate, you will receive feedback on your application and how to improve yourself. The recruitment agency wants you to succeed. They'll always help with whatever queries you may have. Whether it's about your CV or interview questions, your recruiter will help and guide you.

If you are an employer, recruitment agencies help to ease your recruitment problems. Whether you need to mass hire or have an urgent position to fill, the agency will work to your requirements. The recruiters will want to provide you with only the best CV's. If they send you irrelevant candidates, you’re likely to not use them again.

Faster Hiring Process

Using a recruitment agency can speed up the time it takes to find a new employee. When using a recruitment agency, you provide them with details about the role as well as hiring time.

Because the recruitment agency is already set up, you won’t need to attract and shortlist candidates. The recruitment agency handles the whole process which saves you a lot of hassle. Once you’ve given them your job, they will deliver the top few candidates for your consideration. These agencies already have a vast database of talent, so you'll gain access to this network.

If you’re a candidate, it’s great to have someone communicating with the employer on your behalf. By using a recruitment agency, you can concentrate on more important things.

Higher Quality Candidates

It’s difficult to find candidates, never mind the high-quality candidates you require. With a recruiter's professional experience, you can improve the quality of the candidates. The vast pool of talent that comes with an agency means you’ll gain access to vetted candidates.

Agency recruiters are experts in candidate selection. They are trained to assess candidates and may have the experience you don't.

Specialist Knowledge

Recruitment agencies can tell you what the job market currently looks like. They'll also let you know how to best achieve your recruitment needs.

Most recruitment agencies specialise in a certain industry, role or level. These agencies will have a better knowledge of their job market. If you need an agency with a deeper understanding you should look into specialist agencies.

Even a generalist agency can offer valuable insight. They are experts in their field. In every recruitment agency, they will have extremely qualified professionals. In-house recruiters may not be able to give professional advice and guidance to hire better candidates.

Temporary Recruitment

If you aren’t looking to hire someone permanent, most recruitment agencies offer temporary recruitment. Temporary recruitment is when candidates work for an unspecified amount of time. These roles are great if you need to hire recruits at a busier time of year. Recruitment agencies usually have a large selection of candidates to resource from.

Temporary positions are great for candidates because it allows them to gain experience. You must have the experience to get a job. So, working in a temporary position can help you to learn new skills to achieve your dream job.

Disadvantages of Recruitment Agencies

Costs

It costs money to work with a recruitment agency. The cost varies depending on the salary and type of recruitment strategy required. For a permanent role, recruitment agencies charge a percentage of the annual salary.

These costs may be over your recruitment budget. Yet, if you’ve got a hard role to fill, the expense may be necessary.

Cultural Fit

If you hire a recruitment agency to work a role, they won’t advertise your brand fully. You need to rely on the recruiter to present your business in the right way. The second-hand information needs to be accurate to ensure cultural fit. The applicant won’t completely understand your company, and so won’t know whether they’re the best fit for the team.

It may be difficult for recruitment agencies to ensure their candidates fit in your company culture. In some cases, recruitment agencies deliver candidates that are the best fit for the job and don’t assess the cultural fit. Brite Recruitment makes sure to get to know your business and teams. We’ll become familiar with your company goals, mission, vision and values.

The candidate may not find out who the job is for until the very last moment which restricts their chance to learn more about the business.

Lack of Communication

One of the main reason’s recruiters have a bad reputation is because of their lack of communication. A few concerns from candidates include:

  • They apply for jobs and never hear back
  • They get contacted about irrelevant job roles
  • Recruiters don’t listen to what they need and want e.g. salary, location
  • Recruiters are impersonal and don’t care about your career goals

It's the clients that pay the recruitment agencies. Some recruiters are so focused on achieving sales, they forget to provide a great candidate experience. This lack of communication creates a lack of trust with recruitment agencies.

Sometimes a delay in communication may happen because of external issues. For example, the candidate or client may not be responsive. When this happens, recruitment agencies should keep in touch with this update anyway.

Quantity vs Quality

Lots of people believe that recruitment agencies are out for money. They think that these agencies treat their candidates as another number. For recruiters to meet their targets, they send across any old CV to the client. Try to avoid these profit-motivated recruitment agencies.

Brite Recruitment keeps our client’s best interests at heart. We want to make the correct placement, not a quick one.

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